News: Portfolio 2008

NASA Investigator to Foresters: Using Remote-sensing Techniques Can Increase Productivity; Slow Rising Air, Water, Carbon-dioxide Levels

MORGANTOWN, W.Va -- June 10, 2008 – Remote-sensing techniques can make forests more productive, offsetting increased carbon-dioxide (CO2) concentrations in the atmosphere and oceans, Dr. Randolph Wynne, a NASA investigator and Virginia Tech professor of forest biometry and geomatics, recently told a group of forestry professionals and students at a seminar here.


“Effectively managing forests has important societal implications,” he said, speaking at the second in a series of industry events that are part of the ImageTree “Idea Leadership Series,” since forests provide such vital goods as wood and paper, and offer the possibility of sequestering harmful CO2 emissions.


“We've entered the era of precision forestry,” Dr. Wynne declared. “Remotely sensed data can be combined with in situ data to provide accurate inventory, support state-of-the-art silviculture techniques, supply accurate growth and yield